Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

In Which One Midwest Man-in-Black Confers, Converses & Otherwise Hob-Nobs with his Fellow Hob-Men (& -Women) Concerning the Sundry Ways of the Famed but Ill-Starred Tribe of Witches.

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This is Steven Posch, the pagan blogger.

This is Stefan Posch, the Austrian football player.

The Posches are an old Viennese family. (Back in the days when there were such things, the Vienna phone book had pages and pages of Posches.) Looking at the two of us, you can see something of the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Me, I look very Germanic. (When I'm in Germany, people on the street automatically address me in German.) Stefan has that square, south Slavic face. Ah, Central Europe, cauldron of nations.

Needless to say, we don't know one another, but I know about him, and I'm guessing that—the internet being what it is—he probably knows about me, too. (Such is the nature of being a public person.)

One wonders what Stefan thinks of his gay, pagan counterpart. If anything, I'm guessing that he probably finds our shared identity (such as it is) amusing. In his place, I probably would too.

Well, Stefan, if ever you should happen to read this: my greetings, brother, one to another. Next time you're in Minneapolis, let me know, and I'll happily stand you a beer.

I should also mention that—though sports don't interest me—I do wear your team jersey from time to time.

Hey, a namesake's a namesake.




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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite Saturday, 06 March 2021

    In all honesty I am very puzzled and have to ask what is the point of this and what does it have to do with Pagan culture?

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Saturday, 06 March 2021

    Ancestors, kinship, connections: all those things seem very pagan to me.

  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite Monday, 08 March 2021

    Well, they are certainly human things, anyway...

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Wednesday, 17 March 2021

    I do have a tendency to equate the two, the old "Original People" trope: so much so that it sometimes seems difficult not to talk about paganism,.
    So thanks for the call back to focus!

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